NASA WHP East Recap March 5&6 2016

Good morning Drivers!  Hoping everybody had a great time at our last event a few weeks ago at Wild Horse Pass East marking a successful 1st Quarter of 2016 NASA driving action.  It was an action packed weekend at our local track with all race and training groups well attended.

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As always we like to send a special thanks to our new Cadre of HPDE1 drivers for coming out and driving with us.  All reports were glowing with some future Time Trial and Race drivers in that group!   Thanks to Nicholas Bocchicchio, Vlad Gordiyenko, Clifford Hicks, Jon Hight, Brandon Ideen, Leo Kalisz and Tyler Michelson.

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NASA Arizona Chuckwalla (CCW) February 13&14, 2016

NASA Arizona returned to Chuckwalla to run counter-clockwise this past Valentine’s Day weekend February 13 and 14th of 2016.   For those that haven’t been, Chuckwalla is an easy (mostly flat) 4 hour drive from Phoenix, just west of the bustling Blythe metroplex.   Nasa visits Chuckwalla Valley Raceway nearly every year and its always a local favorite and always a real fun venue both day and night.

It was a big event with a full paddock featuring our usual wide variety of cars and experience levels.  I know we had participants from at least 3 states (AZ, CA and NM), perhaps I missed some that came from even further away?  We are lucky to have this facility with a nice shaded picnic /admin area and daily onsite food vendor.

Don’t forget your pictures!  Cali Photography has photos of nearly all of us available on their website:  https://www.caliphotography.com/photos/chuckwalla.

HPDE 1 had about a dozen first time drivers this weekend that made the trek to the track for a hit of the racing goodness.  Welcome and thanks for coming to:  Ally Askew, Nikolaus Awtrey, Brian Betz, Rafeal Canseco, Juan Martinez, David McKee, Sean O’Brien, Gary Schmidt, Ashlye Stark, Brian Strovers and Cathy Strovers.

We hope you learned a lot and will join us again in March at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix.

Time Trial sessions ran throughout both days and we had over 40 participants signed up for this event.  For HPDE drivers, the Time Trial is the next logical evolution in training, experience and fun since you will get to be on track with other drivers, but you can earn points and compare and build your lap times in a more uncongested fashion.  For Racers, it’s a great way to increase seat time and work on Qualifying times.  Thanks to Jeff Abrams for getting the results posted and to Eric Jacobson for getting the season results updated (may take another day or so for all to be posted).

Here is one Hot Time Trial car driven by the team of Jeremy and Angie Renshaw.

Here is one Hot Time Trial car driven by the team of Jeremy and Angie Renshaw.

UMS Tuning Time Attack had a dozen entrants on Sunday for a 15 minute session.  Time Attack is another venue for competitors to build speed and confidence and share with other drivers in a much broader geographical basis.  For comparison, many of the fastest Race Group cars lapped Chuckwalla this past weekend in the low 1:52 time frame.  Tony Szirka has a Time Attack record of 1:49.2!  So be like Tony and run Time Attack to drop your lap times.  Thanks to Jon Via for getting our results and season points updated (may take another day or so for all to be posted).

NASA Race group ran our normal configuration of Warm-up, Qualify and Race although from time to time we alter the schedule and some groups will run a Qualifying Race and then a Race based on those results.    Additionally we had the American Iron series join us and use a separate start flag to equalize their group much like the 944 Spec series will often do.

A *cool* Datsun. #shamelessselfpromotion

A *cool* Datsun.        #shamelessselfpromotion

Although we had a fair amount of mechanical attrition this weekend due to engine failures the races themselves were very clean and smooth with a minimum of caution flags.  Thanks also to the Southern California racers that joined us and added a bunch of stiff competition to the sessions.  It’s nice to see how smoothly our other regions merge into our Arizona events since we all use a common set of rules and protocols.

For Race Group the Official Results are now posted.

Our next event is less than 2 weeks away!  Remember this is a great time to bring a friend to try HPDE1 or drag a friend back who has been away from the track for a while:  https://www.nasaproracing.com/events/2259

NASA-AZ Info

Join the NASA-AZ forums to check out the latest info on upcoming events, questions and answers, Etc.

www.nasaaz.com

Also check out our Facebook page.

Edits and comments:  tomjohnson@cox.net   PS… Always glad to get input from other classes and drivers that want to help expand the information in the recap.  Pictures, notes, assistance, editing are always appreciated!

NASA-AZ 2016 Kickoff WHP East

NASA Arizona kicked off the 2016 driving season with a well attended opener at the Wild Horse Pass East track January 9th and 10th, 2016.  To start we want to say a big thanks to all the workers and volunteers that show up and support our habit on track.  It was nice to see all the regular NASA-family faces in the paddock and on track as well.

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HPDE 1 had nearly 20 new registrants for this event and we want to thank and congratulate each of you for coming out to drive with us and we sincerely hope to see you back soon for HPDE 2.  Keep in mind that doing HPDE2 at an “Away event” like our upcoming Chuckwalla weekend will be about 10 times more fun than you have ever had.

DE1 in the classroom

DE1 in the classroom

Welcome to:  Josh Arndt, Bryan Bridgewater, Ray Dimuzio, Colby Earven, Ian Francis, Roland Harke, Aleksandr Heit, John Holbert, Brandon Ideen, Franklin Joya, Joseph Nicovic, Paul Perkins, Peter Rowton, Justin Shriver, Alexander Uziel, Daniel Walker, Mike Weistling and thanks again for joining us.

The other HPDE Classes were also fairly full with around 20 signed up in each class.  DE 3&4 were combined on Sunday and all reported a safe and fun weekend.

Time Trial had a big crowd with nearly 40 cars signed up and a whopping 12 registrations in TT3!  With the recent rule changes the “3” seems like the place to be!    Thanks to Jeff Abrams for getting the results posted and to Eric Jacobson for getting the season results updated.

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UMS Tuning Time Attack featured a nearly all JDM field (plus a Mustang).  Thanks to Jon Via for getting our results and season points updated.

NASA Race group had over 30 entrants and ran combined Small Bore and Big Bore with several new cars on the track and good spirited competition both days.  At the time of posting this recap I don’t have access to the official results but  a certain red Coyote Powered Mustang ran in the lead for much of the weekend.  Here is a great video from Hal Dunn to showcase the Sunday race and get your blood pumping for Chuckwalla in just a few weeks.

For ALL drivers, just a reminder we have some updated CCR Rules:  I highly suggest all drivers from HPDE to race group take a few minutes and refresh yourselves on the various flags from section 7 & 19.  It’s a good time to get a refresher on the different ways we communicate on track as we head into the next event.

Chuckwalla!  February!  Its coming up fast!https://www.nasaproracing.com/events/2258   Please sign up early so we get a good head count.  Chuckwalla is just a short and easy 3 hour drive from Phoenix.  It is a great big track with elevation changes and a fun camber changes.  Remember this is one of those “holiday weekends” so do what you need to do in advance to get cleared on to track and we look forward to seeing you there.

NASA-AZ Info

Join the NASA-AZ forums to check out the latest info on upcoming events, questions and answers, Etc.

www.nasaaz.com

Also check out our Facebook page.

Edits and comments:  tomjohnson@cox.net   PS… Always glad to get input from other classes and drivers that want to help expand the information in the recap.  Pictures, notes, assistance, editing are always appreciated!

 

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